Katherine A. Gergen Barnett, MD

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Katherine Gergen Barnett


Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett is the Vice Chair for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She also serves as the Medical Director of the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) within Boston Medical Center where she works as a primary care physician. Katherine joined the ACC Family Medicine Practice team in 2009 after completing her Family Medicine Residency Program and her chief residency at Boston University. Originally from Washington, D.C. Katherine attended Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, Katherine worked at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH (NCCAM) , studied holistic medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, lived on a Pueblo Reservation, created a course for medical students on spirituality and medicine, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for underserved women. While at BMC, she implemented this successful model of group prenatal care within the Family Medicine residency (Centering Pregnancy), served as chief resident, received the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was published by STFM’s poetry and prose contest, and was awarded the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarship. In 2008, Katherine completed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training at UMass Worcester. Dr. Gergen Barnett also served as the Director of the Integrative Medicine Clinical Services at Boston Medical Center for 7 years. Her primary interests are behavioral health integration, preventive medicine, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, and group care. In her free time, Katherine enjoys running, reading, writing, cooking, spending time with friends, and being with her husband and three young children.

Other Positions

  • Active Staff Hospital Privileges, Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • Yale University School of Medicine, MD
  • Yale University, BA


  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Gergen Barnett KA. In Pursuit of the Fourth Aim in Health Care: The Joy of Practice. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep; 101(5):1031-1040. PMID: 28802466.

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  • Published on 6/20/2017

    Saper RB, Lemaster C, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Herman PM, Sadikova E, Stevans J, Keosaian JE, Cerrada CJ, Femia AL, Roseen EJ, Gardiner P, Gergen Barnett K, Faulkner C, Weinberg J. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jul 18; 167(2):85-94. PMID: 28631003.

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  • Published on 4/3/2016

    Dresner D, Gergen Barnett K, Resnick K, Laird LD, Gardiner P. Listening to Their Words: A Qualitative Analysis of Integrative Medicine Group Visits in an Urban Underserved Medical Setting. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 03. PMID: 27040666.

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  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Berz JP, Gergen Barnett KA, Gardiner P, Saper RB. Integrative Medicine in a Preventive Medicine Residency: A Program for the Urban Underserved. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Nov; 49(5 Suppl 3):S290-5. PMID: 26477906.

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  • Published on 8/30/2015

    Gergen Barnett, K. Biking in Boston is a Public Health Issue. Boston Globe. 2015.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Blacklock C, Barnett KG. Sunrise, Chatterton Falls, Quetico Provincial Park. Glob Adv Health Med. 2015 Jul; 4(4):14-5. PMID: 26331099.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Barnett KG. The call to a new kind of care: Integrative medicine group visits offer promise in the treatment of chronic pain and depression. Health Affairs. 2015.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Barnett KG. Physician obesity: the tipping point. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Nov; 3(6):8-10. PMID: 25568827.

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  • Published on 7/1/2014

    Gardiner P, Dresner D, Barnett KG, Sadikova E, Saper R. Medical group visits: a feasibility study to manage patients with chronic pain in an underserved urban clinic. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul; 3(4):20-6. PMID: 25105072.

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  • Published on 5/1/2014

    Gardiner P, Dresner D, Gergen-Barnett K, Sadikova E, Saper R. Integrative Medicine Group Visits: A Feasibility Study to Manage Complex Chronic Pain Patients in an Underserved Inner City Clinic. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2014; A16.

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